Welcome to the 41st Touch Newsletter. Jana Winderen returns with a new album, "Energy Field". An audio document of wild places which have a particular importance in our understanding of the complexity and fragility of marine ecosystems. Orders placed for the CD in the TouchShop include an exclusive bonus - a live MP3 download.
Italian artist Enrico Coniglio makes a download-only contribution to Touch's ongoing Spire series. "Songs from Ruined Days" is a long-drone track mostly based on recordings made in Porto Marghera, a big industrial coastal area on the mainland of Venice, Italy (Winter 2009), now largely on disposal and afflicted by a severe economic and environmental crisis.
The Tapeworm has two new taped treats for you to sample. First up, a release from the illusive Leslie Winer, "recorded upstairs mostly 1994"; this cassette is her first full-length missive since her infamous album, "Witch", originally released under the artist name ©.
The second, "Szampler", sees Fennesz open his magic box to reveal a plethora of samples from his old Ensoniq EPS-16 Plus and ASR-10 samplers which he used for his recordings from 1989 to 1996.
In April, Copenhagen's CPH PIX film festival features some special performances by Touch artists, including BJNilsen's performance of an exclusive score for the newly restored Fritz Lang classic "Metropolis" and Jacob Kirkegaard performing together with Lydia Lunch. Details below.
Finally, TouchShop has limited copies of out-of-stock items returned from a distributor - deleted editions by Ryoji Ikeda, Jana Winderen and BJ Nilsen.
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CD - 3 tracks - 50m11s
Artwork & Photography by Jon Wozencroft
Plus bonus 320kbps .mp3 download - 1 track - 27m26s
TO:73DL - Jana Winderen "Live in Den Haag", recorded on 25th September 2009 at the TodaysArt 2009 festival. Available only when purchasing "Energy Field" via the TouchShop.
1. Aquaculture 18:00
2. Isolation/Measurement 12:11
3. Sense of Latent Power 20:04
Armed with four 8011 DPA hydrophones, DPA 4060 omni mics, a Telinga parabolic reflector mic and a Sound Devices 744T digital hard disk recorder, Jana Winderen studies and records wild places which have a particular importance in our understanding of the complexity and fragility of marine ecosystems.
The recordings were made on field trips to the Barents Sea (north of Norway and Russia), Greenland and Norway, deep in crevasses of glaciers, in fjords and in the open ocean. These elements are then edited and layered into a powerful descriptive soundscape. The open spaces of Greenland, northern winds, ravens and dogs in an icy landscape provide the setting for these haunting but dynamic pieces. Sounds of crustaceans, fish such as cod, haddock, herring and pollock recorded as they are hunting, calling for a mate or orientating themselves in their environment, are all included in the mix. The result is a powerful, mesmeric journey into the unseen audio world of the frozen north.
320kbps MP3 - 1 track - 45m14s
Download in the TouchShop only
1. Songs from Ruined Days
You can preview an extract from this release in the TouchShop.
As part of the Spire project, Touch is pleased to announce this download-only release by Italian artist Enrico Coniglio.
Enrico Coniglio is a Venetian musician who focuses his musical research on the representation of the contemporary landscapes. In relation to his studies in urban planning (University IUAV of Venice), his interest is directed towards the loss of identity of places and the uncertainty of the evolution of the urban territory.
If his music comes mainly from the ambient genre, mixing a droning guitar with field recordings and digital manipulation, on the other hand he's just interested to document the landscape, meaning to build his personal catalogue of soundscapes, with a particular reference to the Venetian lagoon.
Over the last year he has collaborated with various musicians including Joachim Roedelius, Arve Henriksen, Oophoi and others, and he has releases and podcasts with Psychonavigation, Glacial Movements, Cronica electronica and Laverna net. You can hear a previous release "Sapientumsuperacquis" on Touch Radio.
The present release is a long-drone track mostly based on recordings made in Porto Marghera, a big industrial coastal area on the mainland of Venice, Italy (Winter 2009), now largely on disposal and afflicted by a severe economic and environmental crisis. Part of this work was originally used for a sound work in the "Antares" pavilion of VEGA Park (VEnice GAteway for science and technology) for a photography exhibition as a part of the project "Le nuove vie di Porto Marghera". Other field recordings were made in Vienna, Austria (December 2009), in an attempt to explore the sacral spaces of the city. 'Song from ruined days' is a mix of industrial and liturgical soundscape, a brief journey in the space of a full desolation.
Cassette only - limited edition of 250 copies
A1: Remote Viewing
A2: Low Rez and Double Vision
B1: We See 3 Deer
B4: Kings of Sleep
B5: Pagan Sun
"Recorded upstairs mostly 1994."
Cassette only - limited edition of 500 copies
A: Part One - 28m41s
B: Part Two - 28m23s
"A collection of samples I made for my old Ensoniq EPS-16 Plus and ASR-10 samplers that I used between 1989 and 1996." - Fennesz, 7 Jan 2010.
Illustration - SavX.
Here Christian Fennesz opens his magic box to reveal a plethora of samples from his old Ensoniq EPS-16 Plus and ASR-10 samplers which he used for his recordings from 1989 to 1996.
For those of you familiar with his work, you will recognise some of them... from noise to dub and blasts of sheared electronics with his familiar patina, a palette of extraordinary energy and spirit is made manifest. An exciting and invigorating collection, with great wit and flair, this cassette is the perfect accompaniment to his wonderful albums.
Copenhagen's CPH PIX is a feature film festival that aims to bring people together in Denmark's capital to see good films from all over the world; original, thought-provoking, funny and controversial films that can't be found in regular cinema programmes. This years festival, running from April 15-25th, features the involvement of three Touch-related artists.
BJNilsen will compose and perform an exclusive score for the newly restored Fritz Lang classic "Metropolis". PIX will screen the film in Copenhagen's and Scandinavia's biggest cinema Imperial, in 7.1 surround sound. BJNilsen's performance will include field recordings and improvisations. Click here for further info. Tickets for this performance are available online at www.kino.dk
Jacob Kirkegaard will perform together with Lydia Lunch the world premiere of their new piece "Forget to Breathe". The concert will take place at the Marble Church in Copenhagen, as part of a double concert; second part being Diamanda Gálas' performance of "Your Kisses are like Fire". Click here for further info. Tickets for this performance are available online at www.cphpix.dk
Last but not least, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson is participating in a debate on film music and specifically the sound of horror. He has recently scored Fridrik Thors film "Mama Gogo", and the horror "Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre" which we will screen. Jacob Kirkegaard will also participate in the debate; he has worked with sound effects for the Danish horror film "Kollegiet" ("The Dorm"). Click here for further info.
We have limited copies of the following out-of-stock items returned from a distributor.
Hurry now while stocks last:
|Ryoji Ikeda - +/- [CD, 3rd Edition]||BJNilsen - Live at Konzerthaus, Vienna [CD]|
|Jana Winderen - The Noisiest Guys on the Planet [Cassette]||Mesmer [Vinyl LP Only]|
The previous Touch NewsLetter can be found here.